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Airbus marketing head appointed to lead Airbus Helicopters Inc

Airbus marketing head appointed to lead Airbus Helicopters Inc

Airbus Group today announced that Chris Emerson, a veteran Airbus Group executive, has been appointed President and Chief Executive of Airbus Helicopters Inc. effective June 1.  Emerson will also serve as head of Airbus Helicopters North America Region, which includes oversight of both the U.S. subsidiary and Airbus Helicopters Canada. In his new roles Emerson… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-Apr-15

US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

The U.S. Army has approved a $220.5 million contract for the production of UH-72A Lakota helicopters in Columbus, according to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. The contract to Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. will support the procurement of 41 Lakota helicopters equipped with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios…. Read more »

Source: Thad Cochran, 16-Feb-15

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Eurocopter to add additional production capacity at US plant

Eurocopter to add additional production capacity at US plant

HeliHub.com broke this story to the world on Monday 16th -see Eurocopter France to transfer production of fifty AS350s to Mississippi  and that story covers more on the background reasons for the move.  Eurocopter press release of 20th September follows:-   Beginning in 2014, Eurocopter will install the necessary industrial capabilities to upgrade the American Eurocopter… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 21-Sep-13

Eurocopter France to transfer production of fifty AS350s to Mississippi

Eurocopter France to transfer production of fifty AS350s to Mississippi

Unions in France are in consultation with Eurocopter regarding the proposed transfer of production of fifty AS350 helicopters from France to Mississippi.  Also included is the production of  parts for a further ten airframes. HeliHub.com understands that this move is a result of US military budget cuts which are expected to halt the American Eurocopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-13

Eurocopter delivers 250th UH-72A Lakota to US Army

Eurocopter delivers 250th UH-72A Lakota to US Army

The U.S. Army has fielded the 250th UH-72A Lakota helicopter delivered to Army and National Guard units by EADS North America since 2006. Every Lakota — including an additional five produced for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School — has been delivered on time and on budget, by an American workforce that is more than… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 26-Apr-13

EADS North America issues statement on proposed UH-72A program reduction

EADS North America issues statement on proposed UH-72A program reduction

EADS North America Chairman and CEO Sean O’Keefe issued the following statement regarding the proposed reduction of the Army’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter program from the 41 aircraft remaining to be purchased down to just ten: “During times of budgetary pressure, an extremely successful program like the Lakota — with its demonstrated low cost and unbroken… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 12-Apr-13

EADS North America arded $26M contract to support UH-72 Mission Equipment Packages

EADS North America arded $26M contract to support UH-72 Mission Equipment Packages

EADS North America Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $26,298,512 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure contractor logistics support for Mission Equipment Packages for the Light Utility Helicopter program. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016. One… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Jan-13

US Army takes up option for another 34 UH-72A Lakotas

US Army takes up option for another 34 UH-72A Lakotas

The U.S. Army has awarded EADS North America a $181.8 million contract option to deliver 34 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters, bringing the total aircraft ordered to date to 312. Army plans call for procuring 347 Lakotas through 2016. EADS North America has delivered 243 Lakotas – all on time and on budget – from its… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 15-Nov-12

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EADS North America concludes AAS-72X+ demo tour at AUSA show

EADS North America concludes AAS-72X+ demo tour at AUSA show

EADS North America has concluded a national demonstration tour that allowed Army aviators to experience the capabilities of the company’s AAS-72X+ Armed Aerial Scout helicopter offering. The AAS-72X+, an armed derivative of the Army’s highly successful UH-72A Lakota, is on display this week at the Association of the U.S. Army annual exposition in Washington, D.C…. Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 23-Oct-12

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EADS North America begins flight demonstrations of AAS-72X

EADS North America begins flight demonstrations of AAS-72X

EADS North America has begun its voluntary flight demonstration (VFD) for the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout helicopter program, flying two aircraft at a high-altitude test site for a series of demonstrations that will showcase the superior performance of the company’s AAS-72X+ offering. The AAS-72X+, an armed derivative of the Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter,… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 27-Sep-12

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EADS awarded $33M for UH-72A Security and Support Mission Equipment

EADS awarded $33M  for UH-72A Security and Support Mission Equipment

EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $33,512,268 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure Security and Support Mission Equipment Packages for the UH-72A Weapon System.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2014.  The bid was solicited through the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-12

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EADS awarded $19.8M contract modification for UH-72A work

EADS awarded $19.8M contract modification for UH-72A work

EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $19,811,574 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure contractor logistic support for the UH-72A program.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Aug-12

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EADS awarded $26M for LUH program logistics

EADS awarded $26M for LUH program logistics

EADS – NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $26,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to supply contractor logistics in support of the Light Utility Helicopter Program.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited, with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-12

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UH-72A Lakota fleet hits 100,000 flight hour milestone

UH-72A Lakota fleet hits 100,000 flight hour milestone

The U.S. Army’s fleet of 219 UH-72A Lakota helicopters surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone during operations on May 10. The 100,000 flight hour aircraft, configured for Opposing Force training missions, was flown by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Lacrosse and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christopher Ezell of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center’s Falcon Observer/Controller-Trainer… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 23-May-12

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EADS North America works with combat veterans charity

EADS North America works with combat veterans charity

 This year has brought an exciting new partnership between EADS North America and Rivers of Recovery, a unique non-profit organization offering outdoor recreation rehabilitation programs to combat veterans. As part of its commitment to American veterans, EADS North America has pledged to support the rehabilitation efforts of Rivers of Recovery by providing $35,000 in funding… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 17-Apr-12

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EADS North America to unveil next evolution of Armed Aerial Scout at Quad-A

EADS North America to unveil next evolution of Armed Aerial Scout at Quad-A

EADS North America and its industry team will unveil the company’s next evolution of its Armed Aerial Scout helicopter during a press briefing at the annual Army Aviation Association of American annual convention in Nashville, Tenn. This latest Armed Aerial Scout will offer the U.S. Army even greater performance, range, endurance and combat capability. Speakers… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 30-Mar-12

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EADS North America delivers 200th UH-72A Lakota

EADS North America delivers 200th UH-72A Lakota

EADS North America delivered the 200th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) today to the U.S. Army during a ceremony at the company’s American Eurocopter production facility in Columbus, Miss. “Today marks another significant milestone for the Lakota program — the only DoD program of this size and scope to remain 100 percent on schedule… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 02-Mar-12

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EADS North America announces new leadership structure

EADS North America announces new leadership structure

EADS North America Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sean O’Keefe today announced a restructuring of the company’s senior leadership team in order to more fully leverage executive experience, skills and talents as well as increase responsibility and decision making throughout the organization. In addition to individual responsibilities, the senior leadership team will work with the… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 18-Jan-12

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EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe named Chairman of the Board

EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe named Chairman of the Board

EADS North America Chief Executive Officer Sean O’Keefe has been appointed Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, replacing Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., who has retired. O’Keefe has been serving jointly as Chairman and CEO since Jan. 1. “EADS North America just concluded a remarkable year in 2011, having successfully expanded our product portfolio in… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 10-Jan-12

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First Security and Support Battalion-equipped Lakota begins operations

First Security and Support Battalion-equipped Lakota begins operations

EADS North America’s first UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) equipped with the Security and Support (S&S) Battalion Mission Equipment Package (MEP) has entered operational service with the Mississippi National Guard’s Company C, 1st of the 114th Security and Support Battalion. This first S&S Battalion UH-72A Lakota was built and retrofitted in Columbus, Miss. by… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 09-Nov-11

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EADS CEO welcomes call for flight demo for Armed Scout program

EADS CEO welcomes call for flight demo for Armed Scout program

EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe today applauded the Army’s call for a flight demonstration of potential offerings to replace the aging Kiowa Warrior armed helicopters: “Our Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) is just the kind of program envisioned by the Congress when it enacted the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009. The AAS-72X… Read more »

Source: EADS, 12-Oct-11

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EADS North America to give AAS-72X update at AUSA 2011

EADS North America to give AAS-72X update at AUSA 2011

What: EADS North America will update members of the media on the status of its Armed Aerial Scout 72X program and the team’s continued development and integration efforts in preparation for an Armed Aerial Scout program. When: Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 1 – 1:30 p.m. (local time) Where: EADS North America exhibit #7619 (upper exhibit… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 29-Sep-11

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UH-72A deliveries reach half-way stage

UH-72A deliveries reach half-way stage

EADS North America has achieved another milestone on the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program as the company has delivered more than half of the planned 345 Lakotas to the U.S. Army. The UH-72A Lakota, built by the company’s American Eurocopter business unit, is one of the U.S. Army’s most successful acquisition programs and… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 25-Aug-11

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EADS awarded $10M contract for UH-72A logistical support

EADS awarded $10M contract for UH-72A logistical support

EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $10,166,300 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to provide logistic support coverage for the UH-72A aircraft.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011.  One bid was solicited, with one bid… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jul-11

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US Army contracts $74M for another 14 Lakotas

US Army contracts $74M for another 14 Lakotas

EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded on June 14 a $74,390,932 firm-fixed-price contract.  This award will provide for 14 light utility helicopters and 14 airborne radio communication systems.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  The… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jun-11

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Florida helicopter unit returns from Haiti mission

Florida helicopter unit returns from Haiti mission

Soldiers from Florida’s B Company, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation (Security and Support) returned to Cecil Field in Jacksonville recently after a 30-day rotation in Haiti in support of “Operation New Horizons 2011.” Six crewmembers from the unit deployed with two UH-72A Lakota helicopters to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in late April, and were joined by an additional… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 09-Jun-11

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EADS North America names new SVP for Strategy and Development

EADS North America names new SVP for Strategy and Development

EADS North America has appointed Michael Cosentino to be Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy and Development. He will be responsible for overseeing the company’s future strategy for growth, as well as leading the mergers, acquisitions, and business development functions at EADS North America. “We are pleased to have Mike Cosentino lead our strategy… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 31-May-11

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EADS North America names new director

EADS North America names new director

The EADS North America Board of Directors has confirmed the board appointment of Ike Skelton, who most recently served for 34 years as a U.S. Representative from Missouri. Skelton’s Congressional career culminated in the role of chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, in which capacity he served from 2007 to 2011. “Ike Skelton has… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 27-Apr-11

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EADS North America contributes to Quad-A Scholarship Foundation

EADS North America contributes to Quad-A Scholarship Foundation

EADS North America today announced that it has contributed $10,000 to the Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) educational scholarship fund. The latest contribution brings the company’s contribution total to $85,000 for the EADS North America Distinguished Scholar Endowment. In addition, it recognizes EADS North America as a major corporate donor to the scholarship program…. Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 20-Apr-11

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EADS North America demos the Armed Aerial Scout 72X

EADS North America demos the Armed Aerial Scout 72X

EADS North America this week is conducting flight demonstrations of its company-funded Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) helicopter at the Nashville International Airport to coincide with a nearby military aviation exposition. The company, and its industry team of American Eurocopter and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), have made a significant investment in the development of three… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 19-Apr-11

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EADS will not bid on ‘Marine One’ Presidential fleet

EADS will not bid on ‘Marine One’ Presidential fleet

“We chose not to take this trip,” Chief Executive Officer Sean O’Keefe told reporters in Washington today. The “sheer amount of integration effort” required for the new program didn’t match the company’s core skills, he said.

Source: Business Week, 05-Mar-11

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Swift water rescue underscores the UH-72A’s capabilities in US Army service

Swift water rescue underscores the UH-72A’s capabilities in US Army service

The UH-72A Lakota has once again demonstrated its capabilities in a rescue scenario, with a Lakota mission that saved the life of a man trapped by unseasonably-heavy rainfall in San Bernardino, Calif. This rescue was completed by an EADS North America-produced UH-72A operating from the U.S. Army’s National Training Center Air Ambulance Detachment at Ft…. Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 02-Mar-11

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153 Lakotas delivered to date, all on-time and on-budget

153 Lakotas delivered to date, all on-time and on-budget

ARLINGTON, Va., 09.02.2011, The U.S. Army has ordered a total of 32 UH-72A Lakotas from EADS North America in Fiscal Year 2011, which will continue the sustained production for this highly successful program through 2012. The latest contract brings Lakota orders to 219, composed of 214 rotary-wing aircraft for the U.S. Army and five for… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 09-Feb-11

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US Army orders 12 more UH-72 Lakotas

US Army orders 12 more UH-72 Lakotas

EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $52,509,992 firm-fixed-price contract Dec. 23, 2010.  The award will provide for 12 UH-72A Light Utility Helicopters, 12 Airborne Radio Communication systems and two Engine Inlet Barrier Filters.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2012.  One bid was… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jan-11

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US Army UH-72 Lakota fleet reaches 40,000 flight hours

US Army UH-72 Lakota fleet reaches 40,000 flight hours

Arlington, Virginia, October 26, 2010 – The UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, which is supplied by EADS North America, has surpassed the 40,000-flight hour milestone in operational service with the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. Built at the company’s American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, Miss., a total of 138 Lakotas have been delivered to… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 26-Oct-10

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Eurocopter’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X Team Prepares for First Flight

Eurocopter’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X Team Prepares for First Flight

EADS North America announced today at the Association of the U.S. Army annual convention that its Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) industry team is preparing for the first flight of one of three company-funded Technical Demonstration Aircraft (TDA). The EADS North America-led industry team, comprised of Lockheed Martin (LMT 71.70, +0.29, +0.41%) , Eurocopter and… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 25-Oct-10

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EADS awarded $67M contract for UH-72 mission equipment packs

EADS awarded $67M contract for UH-72 mission equipment packs

EADS North America Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded on Sept. 23 a $67,163,000 firm-fixed-price contract. T his modification is for the procurement of 16 security and support (S&S) mission equipment package (MEP) retrofit and 202 S&S MEP retrofit production cut-in for the S&S ballation MEP’s Army’s light utility helicopter contract for the Army National Guard…. Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 30-Sep-10

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EADS North America CEO survives accident which took five lives

EADS North America CEO survives accident which took five lives

Arlington, Virginia,  10 August 2010 EADS North America has been informed that company Chief Executive Officer Sean O’Keefe survived the Alaska aircraft accident that tragically took the lives of five individuals. Chairman Ralph D. Crosby, Jr. issued the following statement: “It was with a great sense of relief and gratitude that we learned that Sean,… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 10-Aug-10

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EADS North America CEO in aircraft accident

EADS North America CEO in aircraft accident

Arlington, Virginia,  10 August 2010 “Sean O’Keefe, EADS North America’s CEO, was a passenger on a private aircraft that crashed in Alaska last night. “Local authorities are reporting that there are survivors and a rescue operation is underway. “No other details are available at this time,” said Guy Hicks, EADS North America spokesperson. About EADS… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 10-Aug-10

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EADS North America names new VP of Homeland Security Programs

EADS North America names new VP of Homeland Security Programs

Carlaine Blizzard has joined EADS North Americaas vice president of the company’s Homeland Security line of business. In her new role, Blizzard is responsible for program management, product technologies, and activities related to federal marketing and sales for homeland security programs in the United States. “Carlaine brings more than 20 years of experience and a… Read more »

Source: EADS, 03-Aug-10

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Eurocopter aircraft, services provide relief as Haiti recovery continues

Eurocopter aircraft, services provide relief as Haiti recovery continues

Employees donate to deploy mobile field hospital The U.S. Army, Coast Guard and Air Force are employing helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and services provided by EADS companies for humanitarian operations in Haiti – assisting the multinational efforts that have followed the Jan. 12 earthquake there. “We continue to be moved by the perseverance of the Haitian… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 05-Feb-10

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EADS North America delivers first H-72A training helicopter to the US Navy

EADS North America has delivered the first of five H-72A training helicopters for the U.S. Navy today, marking a new milestone in the company’s production of multi-role helicopters for U.S. military services.

Source: EADS North America, 16-Nov-09

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